Swamplot Sponsor: Preservation Houston’s 2016 Good Brick Tour

4111 Drummond St., Braes Valley, Houston

Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Tour is today’s Sponsor of the Day — and just in time: The tour is this weekend. Thanks for supporting Swamplot!

In 1953, a young architect made a big bang with a new Modern home at 4111 Drummond St. in what is now Braeswood Valley. The next year, the distinctive home designed by Lars Bang was named one of Good Housekeeping magazine’s “Ten Best Small Houses for 1954.”

63 years later, visitors on Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Tour will see the results of a painstaking restoration that includes period furniture, fixtures, and décor. From the Chevrolet Skyline Deluxe under the carport to the Paul McCobb furnishings in the living room and the Russel Wright place settings on the dining table, the house is a time capsule of mid-century modernism.

Bang’s house is 1 of 5 award-winning preservation projects welcoming visitors from noon to 5 pm on both Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.

Today is your last chance to buy advance tickets online for $25. Tickets will be available for $30 at any tour location during the weekend. Tickets are valid both days of the tour and provide admission to all locations. You can start at any location and see the projects in any order you choose.

Preservation Houston has recognized all of the properties on the tour with Good Brick Awards for excellence in historic preservation. The other tour locations are:

  • 1203 Edwards St., First Ward. A quaint Folk Victorian design (1899) with classic detailing
  • 716 Sabine St., Old Sixth Ward Historic District. A rare Carpenter Gothic cottage (1872) and a sympathetic new residence inspired by Texas pioneer homes
  • 3229 Groveland Ln., River Oaks. Birdsall P. Briscoe’s finely detailed interpretation of English Regency architecture (1936)
  • 3405 Meadow Lake Ln., River Oaks. John Staub’s post–World War II reinvention of his traditional country house (1948)

Additional information about the 2016 Good Brick Tour is available on Preservation Houston’s website.

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